Book ID: CBB001422212

Nuclear Dawn: F.E. Simon and the Race for Atomic Weapons in World War II (2014)


McRae, Kenneth D (Author)

Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 2014
Physical Details: xxviii + 284 pp.; ill.
Language: English

This book provides a rounded biography of Franz (later Sir Francis) Simon, his early life in Germany, his move to Oxford in 1933, and his experimental contributions to low temperature physics approximating absolute zero. After 1939 he switched his research to nuclear physics, and is credited with solving the problem of uranium isotope separation by gaseous diffusion for the British nuclear programme Tube Alloys. The volume is distinctive for its inclusion of source materials not available to previous researchers, such as Simon's diary and his correspondence with his wife, and for a fresh, well-informed insider voice on the five-power nuclear rivalry of the war years. The work also draws on a relatively mature nuclear literature to attempt a comparison and evaluation of the five nuclear rivals in wider political and military context, and to identify the factors, or groups of factors, that can explain the results.

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Authors & Contributors
Cioci, Vincenzo
Bini, Elisabetta
Vezzosi, Elisabetta
Padgett, Philip
Subramanian, Samanth
Weindling, Paul
Science and Education
Physics in Perspective
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Pavia University Press
Potomac Books, an imprint of the University of Nebraska Press
Washington State University Press
W. W. Norton & Co.
Verlag für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften und der Technik
World War II
Nuclear weapons; atomic weapons
Science and war; science and the military
Science and politics
Atomic, nuclear, and particle physics
Heisenberg, Werner
Weinberg, Alvin Martin
Russell, Bertrand Arthur William
Planck, Max
Lindemann, Frederick Alexander, 1st Viscount Cherwell
Huxley, Aldous
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, early
21st century
19th century
United States
Great Britain
Soviet Union
Hiroshima-shi (Japan)
Hanford Nuclear Site (Washington)
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institut für Physik, Berlin

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